Our customized tour balkan starts… 310 km, 4 hours (Bulgaria – Greece) In the morning we leave Sofia for Rupitе. It will be a short stay in Bulgaria but a good starting point for an unforgettable Balkan Holidays tour. Rupite is the place where Baba Vanga (Grandmother Vanga – one of the most famous prophets of the world) had received people for almost 25 years before she passed away.
Rupite is a sacred place, suggested to her by the forces from above. When Vanga was asked why she chose this site to spend the rest of her life and to build the temple she said mysteriously: “I have my time here. This site is very special. I use it like an accumulator and it gives me energy and power. A terrible fire burned there in the past and a great secret is hidden in the ridge above us.”
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Following a lunch break, we leave for Thessaloniki, Greece. Then we pass the border, and we arrive in Thessaloniki. The name of the city comes from Alexander the Great’s half-sister. Cassander of Macedon founded the city in 315 BC. Thessaloniki is Greece’s 2nd major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre. It is also the only city in Greece that has ministry building (Ministry of Macedonia) outside of capitol.
In Thessaloniki we will visit Ataturk’s house (the founder of the Republic of Turkey), the White Tower, St. Dimitrios Cathedral. As well as the Statue of Alexander the Great, Venezelo and Constantine statues, Vardar, Eleftherios, Macedonia and Aristotle Squares. Then, at the end of the day, we will check in the hotel in Thessaloniki. In the evening, we can go to a Greek Tavern, listen to music and enjoy Greek bouzouki. (Extra)
From Thessaloniki through Bitola to Ohrid, the deepest lake on the Balkans 290 km 4 hours (Greece – North Macedonia) In the morning we leave Thessaloniki for Bitola, another town in our customized tour balkan. In North Macedonia language Bitola means monastery. When we arrive there we will enjoy a nice stroll on Shirok Street (Wide Alley).
We will visit the Old Bazaar (Ottoman Bazaar) too, the new mosque and Isaac Celebi Mosque. We will also see the Military School where Mustafa Kemal Ataturk graduated and we will visit the Ataturk Museum. After some time spent nicely in the monastery, we leave for Ohrid. Ohrid is in the World Heritage list of UNESCO.
It is settled next to Ohrid Lake. When in the city, we will visit Ottoman houses, Ottoman Bazaar, Ali Pasha Mosque, Haydar Pasha Mosque. We will also visit St. Panteleimon Church, Hagia Sofia Church and Roman Theatre. There will be a shopping break in Sycamore Square. Check in and overnight in a hotel in Ohrid.